Brit-Am Now no. 1317
March 17 2009, 21 Adar 5769
Contents:
1. David Bell: Israel to Minister to ALL Nations!
2. Brit-Am Interview: Is Edom in Judah?
3. How does one know? Is there a way to find out?
4. What Connection does Sodom have to Samaria?
5. The Order of Return of Judah and Joseph


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1. David Bell:  Israel to Minister to ALL Nations!
Re: Brit-Am Now no. 1316
#2. Brian Patmore:  Torah Intended for all Mankind!
http://britam.org/now/1316Now.html#Brian

Yair, Brian Patmore has it right.

The covenant of the Law at Sinai is most specific. "If you keep my commandments, you shall be to me a holy nation, a kingdom of priests." That covenant was renewed to Israel in Jer 31:31ff, and confirmed again in Jer 33:25,26.

A priest cannot be a priest to himself, becuse the priest stands BETWEEN God and man. The purpose of the covenant is for Israel to take the law of God to the nations. The priesthood goes wider than Levi or the house of Aaron. It is for all of ISRAEL.

David Bell
Waihi
New Zealand
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Brit-Am Reply:
[Exodus 19:6] AND YE SHALL BE UNTO ME A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS, AND AN HOLY NATION.
A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS. In Hebrew "Mamlecet [Kingdom] Cohanim".
The word "Chanim" is translated as "Priests" and that is one of its meanings.
In Hebrew it also means officials or rulers.
Rashi: ##COHANIM. Princes [i.e. Rulers] as it says, (1-Samuel 8:18) AND DAVID'S SONS WERE CHIEF RULERS##
Here the expression  CHIEF RULERS in Hebrew is COHANIM which in Exodus 19:6 is translated as PRIESTS.
See the Brit-Am Commentary to 2-Samuel:
##CHIEF RULERS##, In Hebrew "Cohanim". The King James Version here translates "Cohanim" as chief rulers in accordance with traditional Jewish understanding (see Targum Yehonatan) though "Cohanim" usually means "priests".
Israelites were destined to rule over other peoples.
See our work:
"Role to Rule. The Task of Joseph"
http://www.britam.org/Role.html

You referred to:
[Jeremiah 31:31] BEHOLD, THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD, THAT I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH:                     

and to:
[Jeremiah 33:25] THUS SAITH THE LORD; IF MY COVENANT BE NOT WITH DAY AND NIGHT, AND IF I HAVE NOT APPOINTED THE ORDINANCES OF HEAVEN AND EARTH;                     
 [Jeremiah 33:26] THEN WILL I CAST AWAY THE SEED OF JACOB AND DAVID MY SERVANT, SO THAT I WILL NOT TAKE ANY OF HIS SEED TO BE RULERS OVER THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB: FOR I WILL CAUSE THEIR CAPTIVITY TO RETURN, AND HAVE MERCY ON THEM.   

We fail to see what relevancy these verses have to our subject.
We also agree that Israel was destined to be a Light to the Nations
http://www.britam.org/Proof/Attributes/roleLight.html
and to bring a Blessing to other Peoples:
http://www.britam.org/Proof/Attributes/roleBlessOthers.html

Rabbi S.R. Hirsch and others agree with you that the task of Judah and Israel was originally
intended through good example and instruction to lead all nations of the world along the right path.
We cannot therefore entirely disagree with you.
Nevertheless helping other peoples and elevating their moral consciousness etc does not mean teaching them
to obey the Torah Law.




2. Brit-Am Interview: Is Edom in Judah?
From: "Kosher 101.9 Maccabee"
<houseofisrael@fm1019messianic.com>
Subject: Podcast of Radio Show
Shalom Yair: Here is the podcast
"Is Edom in Judah?"
http://wildvoice.com/kosherradio/Posts/Descendants-of-Edom-amongst-Judah-is-the-question

See also:
Is Edom Amongst the Jews?
http://www.britam.org/Questions/QuesEdom.html#Amongst



3. How does one know? Is there a way to find out?
Kathy wrote:
 

I am enjoying our web site. Thank you.
I also have a question I would like you to answer for me. How does one know if they are a descendent of one of the 10 tribes. Is there a way to find out?
Thank you.
Shalom,
Kathy

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Brit-Am Reply:
There is no definite proof that can be applied in individual cases.
All of our arguments apply only in the aggregate.
No one person can be absolutely sure that they descend from the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
We may however be fairly certain that a good portion of members in certain groups do.

See our article:
Ephraimite Criteria  
http://britam.org/criteria.html




4. What Connection does Sodom have to Samaria?
Allen Marks  wrote:
 

In Ezekiel 16:53,  In Brit-Am commentary;  The order of return of the Lost Tribes in Ezekiel.   Samaria and Her Daughters I can understand, but the other I cannot.  Sodom and Her Daughters I do not know who this refers to.  Can you explain it to me please?  
David

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Brit-Am Reply:
We quoted from "Daat Mikra" holds that the references to "Sodom and Her daughters" indicates the future rehabilitation
of the Land of Israel.
See:
http://www.britam.org/Ezekiel16to20.html#16
This opinion was also that of Rashi:
## I will heal the Land from brimstone and salt and settle therein inhabitants##

Nowadays different plans have been drawn up for canals from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dea Sea and from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.
These plans also involve the production of electricity and of fresh water through desalination processes.
We believe these plans are worth pursuing and may well save the State of from overdue suffering due to the present World Economic Crisis.
Perhaps the future rehabilitation of the southern Negev area (the former region of Sedom) will presage the return of Northern Israelites?
The area of Sedom is in the south of Israel around the Dea Sea region.
Historically this neighborhood also included that of neighboring Jordan.

See:
Dead Sea canal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Canal
http://american.edu/ted/deadsea.htm

Two Seas Canal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Seas_Canal

To be effective these projects would be facilitated by evacuating the Arab population of Gaza and from elsewhere in the Land of Israel.
See:
Options for Survival
http://www.britam.org/hamas.html

Note the remark in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Canal
####In addition to the Gaza Strip-Masada route, two other alternatives were considered, namely a Red Sea-Dead Sea canal and a northern route from the Mediterranean to the Bet She'an Valley, which was found to be the cheapest of the three.####

In other words it may be best to bring water from the Mediterranean to the Bet She'an Valley in the north of Israel, desalinate it and have what is not used in the region flow through the Jordan River to the Dead Sea.
All of the region south of the Bet She'an Valley is in effect the area of Samaria.
The revitalization of Samaria may therefore be linked with the healing of  "Sedom and her daughters"!
Map depicting the northern project (Beit Shean Valley) and the other two projects (Mediterranean-Dead Sea and Red Sea-Dead Sea):

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Source of Map:
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Red Sea and the Mediterranean Dead Sea canals project
10 August 2002
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive
/2000_2009/2002/8/The%20Red%20Sea%20and%
20the%20Mediterranean%20Dead%20Sea%20canals


cf.
[Zechariah 14:8] AND IT SHALL BE IN THAT DAY, THAT LIVING WATERS SHALL GO OUT FROM JERUSALEM; HALF OF THEM TOWARD THE FORMER SEA, AND HALF OF THEM TOWARD THE HINDER SEA: IN SUMMER AND IN WINTER SHALL IT BE.



5. The Order of Return of Judah and Joseph http://britam.org/EzekielReturn.html
Ezekiel (11:18) hints that first the exiles will return to the Land of Israel and after that they shall put away their idols and keep the Law (11:20). Ezekiel says that Judah has an obligation to help the Lost Ten Tribes return. The complete return of Judah is dependent upon the return of "Samaria" (16:53, 55, 61) meaning the Ten Tribes especially Manasseh. Manasseh today is mainly the USA. God will renew His covenant with Judah and with Israel (16:62).




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